If you’re a Geektown Radio listener, you may remember last August we interviewed to the novelist Richard Morgan. One of the topics that came up was the long rumoured movie based on his first ‘Takeshi Kovacs’ novel Altered Carbon. Whilst this isn’t a movie, it’s possibly something much much better. A series coming to Netflix based on that very book!
For the uninitiated, Altered Carbon is set in the 25th century, where your consciousness can be stored in the cloud, so your mind can be transferred to a new body. The lead protagonist is called Takeshi Kovacs, who started on the wrong side of the tracks before being enlisting in the military joining the elite Envoy Corps. However, after leaving the military, he returns to his earlier criminal ways as a merc, which results in his incarceration. Unlike prison today though, rather than deal with all those annoying bodies you have to feed, the government only stores your mind, which leads to 500 year of imprisonment before being released to take on a murder case, in a world where the technology has made death obsolete. If he can solve the case, he can start a new life on Earth.
The show is being produced and written by Logoeta Kalogridis, the writer behind Shutter Island, Terminator Genisys, and the Bionic Woman tv series (which was a cruel casualty of the writers strike a few years back.) Kalogridis acquired the rights to Altered Carbon 4 years ago, but it’s taken until now to find a home, and thankfully it’s Netflix. It’s one of those books which would benefit from being outside the usual restrictions of the US network system, and Netflix have been batting 10/10 with pretty much everything they’ve commissioned so far.
Kalogridis serves as executive producer/showrunner, with Skydance Productions, who co-produced Star Trek Into Darkness & Star Trek Beyond with Bad Robot, and Mission Impossible Rogue Nation & Ghost Protocol with Paramount. They also produce the brilliant Grace and Frankie for Netflix.
No news on when it’s likely to air it’s 10 episode first season, but Altered Carbon has a strong team behind it, and will definitely be a show to watch out for.
As Star Wars fever grips the nation with the release of the new movie, back in the Summer, the force was already awakening, in the form of Secret Cinema‘s epic production of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. You can read our original review here, but at the time it was impossible to talk with any great detail about what happened… because, well… it’s secret.
Now they’ve released the ‘final show’ trailer for Secret Cinema presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, you can see a lot more details of what the lucky people that decided to travel to a galaxy far far away got to do. You can see we were taken from London onto a shuttle and were supposed to be flown to a rebel base, but were forced to land on the desert world of Tatooine. Here we met a number of familiar faces… Some droids, a farm boy, a smuggler, and a large Imperial force on the look out for rebels… We needed to get away, and fast…
Whilst trying to keep a low profile in a local Cantina, I was approached by a slightly shady looking chap who saw I was a pilot (the flight suit I was wearing was possibly a giveaway!) and told me he was after someone who knew his way around a shuttle for a special mission. We just needed ‘spice’ (a popular local drug) to bribe the shuttle captain. This meant trading or gambling with the locals for the required payment. Thankfully Jawa’s aren’t know for being too picky when it comes to the tech they’re prepared to take, and I happened to have an old circuit board with me. A bit of haggling later, and I had a small pack of powder-like substance to bribe my way onto the transport.
Just then, all hell breaks loose, as the Imperials start to carpet bomb the planet. We needed to leave, so ran to the shuttle we had secured. I jumped into the pilot seat and we tried to out-run the Imperial fleet. Unfortunately, their moon sided star base caught us in a tractor beam, and we ended up on the Death Star facing Vader himself… Upsetting a Dark Lord of the Sith didn’t seem like the best move, so we played along, before there was a rescue from the Rebel Alliance, and the Death Star was destroyed… We were then ushered into the next room to see the story continue, as the Empire struck back. Complete with scenes which were on screen being acted out around the edge of the space. From a tender moment between Leia and Han, to a full lightsaber duel high up in the rafters, it all helped make you feel you were inside the movie.
The next Secret Cinema event is in February, and I urge you to buy tickets. I’ve no idea what the film will be, but given the incredible job they did on Star Wars, I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
Since the beginning of films and TV we have tried out best to imagine the most magical and fantastic places out of our world and in it! From Jurassic Park to Narnia, from The Death Star to the Fortress of Solitude, we’ve all wanted to visit one of these magical places at one time or another.
So… What’s your favourite fictional location?
UPDATED: Now the official press release is out, we have a little bit more info on the upcoming new Star Trek TV show. It’ll air on CBS in January 2017… But only the first episode will be on the main channel. After that, it’ll be on CBS All Access, which is their On Demand service, which already offers every episode of all the previous series.
It’s being produced by Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote JJ’s recent reboot of the franchise, and will star an entirely new cast of characters “seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.”
Interestingly, they say “the new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film Star Trek Beyond, which is scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures in summer 2016.” This has to do with the rights of the Star Trek tv show being with CBS, where as the film rights belong to Paramount. It does raise the question of whether the new show will continue in the original timeline (Shatner/Kirk, Stewart/Picard etc…), which is also the one used by the Star Trek Online game, or if it’ll be set in JJ’s alt (i.e. Chris Pine/Kirk) timeline used in the films. That statement seems to imply it may be a continuation of the original timeline…
Obviously there’s no news yet on where it’ll air in the UK as it’s only just been announced, but given Sky’s history with the franchise, I’d be extremely surprised if it didn’t end up on Sky 1 or Sky Atlantic.
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Can i just say YAY it’s about time! 😀
Alex Kurtzman co-writer and executive producer of JJ’s Star Trek movie has announced he’s bring the show back to the small screen at CBS. Not much more is know about it yet, but expect more announcements later today!
Star Trek has been off the small screen for 10 years (yes… ST: Enterprise is 10yrs old!), but after Abrams, Kurtzman & Orci spectacularly brought the show back to the cinema, rumours had been circulating of a TV revival. With the 50th anniversary next year, now is a great time to do it as the new show will air in the Jan 2017 in the US.
We’ll update with more news as we get it.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a Bantha for the last few months, you are no doubt aware that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to cinemas on the 17th Dec 2015 in the UK. Yesterday a new poster and trailer dropped showing a whole lot more than we’d seen before. The most noticeable thing in both is the distinct absence of a certain Mr. Skywalker… There is the tiniest glimpse of a hooded figure with a robotic hand in the trailer, which is most likely Luke, but that’s it. He’s not on the poster or really featured in the trailer. We know Mark Hamill was on set and his name is on the poster, so he will pop up somewhere, but he’s most definitely conspicuous by his absence in the marketing.
So why is that? The most likely possibility is something to do with his appearance. Could it be he’s been careless enough to loose an eye or ear along with his hand? Or could it be he’s turned to the dark side… Maybe that beard he’s been cultivating is some misdirection, and he’s not the new ‘Obi-Wan’ but the new ‘Emperor’, ravaged by years seeped in the dark side of the force… Which brings us to the next thing…
…that thing in the background of the poster that looks somewhat like a giant Pokemon ball. Is that a new Death Star? You know what they say, ‘3rd times a charm’ right?
Also interesting is the composition of the poster. Daisy Ridley’s Rey is front and centre, flanked by John Boyega’s Finn and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. This raises 2 things. 1 – it’s interesting that (currently at least), the lead isn’t the Jedi, and 2 – is the positioning of light and dark either side of Rey a sign she will get pulled in both directions?.. Or maybe i’m reading too much into it, and it just looked cool. 😉
Either way, tickets are available now, and I urge you to go and book asap.
For those of you that have been hiding under a bantha for the last 12 months, there is a little film due out on the 18th of Dec called STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS! In honour of that, today has been dubbed Force Friday – the day when all the new toys and merchandise for the film will be launched. Along with all the usual figures and awesome LEGO stuff, there are rather more interesting items out there. Here is our top 5 WANT list of things…
Considering BB-8 is a droid we currently know very little about, there is an awful lot of affection out there for him already! This version from Sphero is controllable using your phone either by direction controls in the accompanying app or using voice commands. They’ve also imbued him with a personality (of sorts) which changed based on how you interact with him. You can even record and view ‘holographic’ videos – that’s more impressive than it sounds, as they are virtual ‘holographic’ videos, meaning BB-8 doesn’t project them like R2 in A New Hope. You watch them via your phone… Even so, he’s so freaking adorable!
You know that Lego Millennium Falcon you REALLY wanted as a kid, but your parents wouldn’t fork out for it. Well it’s back in a new Force Awakens version, complete with square (not round) satellite dish! You might now be pushing 40 but £129.99 is a small price to pay for recapturing your youth! This version comes with Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Tasu Leech and a Kanjiklub Gang Member, plus the aforementioned BB-8 Astromech Droid!
Millennium Falcon Flying Drone
LEGO not your thing (what sort of sick monster are you?!) Then why not buzz your neighbour’s laughably badly defended exhaust port with this new Millennium Falcon Flying Drone! Not due till October, but definitely on our WANT list.
Remote Controlled AT-AT
Sick of those pesky rebels getting all the glory? Why not fight for the Empire with this handy Remote control AT-AT!
Of course, no Star Wars toy list would be complete without a Lightsaber on it, and this is the new version they’ve come up with. Inspired by the new villain Kylo Ren’s broadsword style lightsaber, this give you the chance to build your own lightsaber in whatever shape you want to! Totally configurable boasting 100+ combinations.